Extraordinary evidence exists everywhere: The big bang (something from nothing); the first cell (complex life from non-life); punctuated evolution (information accumulation exceeding the population-mutation rate); sentience (awareness from nano-electro-mechanics); logic/morality (obvious is/ought causality reversal). These require no more proof than that we observe them to exist. Theories to explain this extraordinary evidence can rightly be debated. Such theories necessarily make extraordinary claims.Hi, I'm Don Stoner, physicist, EE, software engineer, and author. Online Resume
|Answers in Action,||Rubik's TouchCube||Church Planter Podcast QM Part 1|
|Noble Purpose,||Levitation Arts Levitator||Church Planter Podcast QM Part 2|
|Gideons International,||Learn How Computers Work||Church Planter Podcast QM Part 3|
|Released Time,||Music Transposing Wheel||Church Planter Podcast QM Part 4|
|Epimetheus Society||High-Energy Theology:||Take two of C.P.Podcast QM Part 4|
|One-in-a-Thousand Society||Who Designed God? Preterism||"Torched" Kuiper Belt/Oort Cloud?|
|Patents:||Historical Context for Genesis||Another Kuiper/Oort? - & Another?|
|US Patent 4,611,996||(Watch Historical-Context PowerPoint)||Pictures: Sailing, Flying|
|US Patent 4,768,195||Can God make a rock he can't lift?||A Silly Poem I wrote|
|US Patent 7,448,935||Anti Life and Anti Choice (abortion)||Bible "IQ" Test I, Test II|
|Math/Science:||The Surrogate Mother Theory||Hell Bent, ("fiction")|
|Formation of the Solar System||"Is" versus "Ought" Dichotomy||A New Look at an Old Earth|
|Fragmented Cometary Impacts||KJV Good Enough for Paul||(Watch Old-Earth PowerPoint)|
|Why More Meteor Hits In 2009||Critique of Behe's Mousetrap||Arduino Controllers|
|Unusual Light Pillars Over Latvia||Faith vs. Works (salvation)||Learn How Computers Work|
|Is Godel's Theorem an Error?||The Science Speaks Newsletter||OS-Level Assy.Lang. for ix86 PC|
|The First Living Cell||Understanding Men and Women||Kid's Communication Connection|
|Down Syndrome Treatment?||Church Planter Magazine Talks||Math Facts Tutor|
At this point in time, my Grandfather's book, Science Speaks is more likely to be weighed for its historical significance than its usefulness as an evangelical tool. "silver Dollars" are now collector's items rather than what a person might carry in their pockets, and formal hermeneutics have become increasingly complex, during the century since these arguments were constructed. In particular, the internet, by its magnitude alone, has made it difficult to do a thorough job of addressing "all" objections which a critical person might raise. e.g.: See this page Here.
As the number of motivated and creative critics increases, it becomes the responsibility of the apologist to evaluate the number of possible ways each prophetic statement might (in theory) be interpreted. For example, in the the Wikipedia page (linked above), the complexity of nailing down the exact size and location of the ancient (and completely removed) original city of Tyre becomes a difficult issue (particularly on an increasingly built-up Mediterranean waterfront).
As the complexity of interpreting the passage increases the number of ways it might have been fulfilled, the numerator of each probability-term increases with it. This numerator was usually presumed to be "1" in my Grandfather's book, but this is no longer a satisfactory assumption. The job of answering every critic with a computer is, at best, a full time job. As the numerators increase, their product also increases greatly.
Those of us who attempt to use century-old arguments to defend the Gospel, must understand that we have a hundred years worth of raised objections which must now be addressed.